A Couple Cooks | Small Bites

Cookbook authors Sonja and Alex Overhiser pair small bites of food with short form interviews to inspire you in less than 20 minutes. The married duo behind the acclaimed website A Couple Cooks has teamed up to explore the stories, ideas, and people behind what we eat, featuring leading authors, entrepreneurs, and celebrity chefs. It’s a busy world, they cut the small talk and get right to the point, all in the time of your daily commute!
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Dec 21, 2015

In this episode, we talk PIZZA: its evolution from peasant food to worldwide fame, a wood-fired pizza shared in Rome, and a years-long quest to recreate it. Plus, our best tips for making pizza at home, and our chat with premier pizza restaurateur Caleb Schiff of Pizzicletta.


VIDEO: Homemade pizza dough

Pizza dough recipe - stand mixer method

Pizza dough recipe - food processor method

Gluten-free? Check out Gluten-free artisan bread in 5 minutes a day

How to make a sourdough starter

Tipo 00 flour


Pizza peel (standard)

Pizza peel (conveyor)

Pizza stone


Pizza margherita

Pesto & tomatoes

White pizza with pecorino, scallions and egg *A favorite*

So Cal


Kale & pistachio


Thai curry


Caleb Schiff of Pizzicletta (Flagstaff, Arizona)

Pizzicletta on Instagram


Our honeymoon in Rome (revisited 7 years later)


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Dec 14, 2015

In this episode: we make dark chocolate bark on the air in our kitchen -- a perfect anytime treat that’s a little bit fancy + supremely simple. Then we talk recipes with entertaining queen Annie Marshall from the blog Annie’s Eats, including DIY food projects like bread, tortillas, yogurt, ice cream, and more.


Our recipe of the week: Dark chocolate quinoa bark

Raw brownies are dark chocolatey and wholesome; they’re a hit in our house.


Alex quotes from Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, which has had a huge influence on our philosophy on food.


We talk recipes with Annie Marshall of Annie’s Eats

Our garlic and rosemary white bean dip was part of her holiday spread

Her go to’s for family dinners: Mexican quinoa & Salmon salad with honey mustard vinaigrette


Our DIY challenge: try one new-to-you homemade recipe:

Flour tortillas or Corn tortillas (Annie’s Eats)

Multigrain artisan no-knead bread (A Couple Cooks)

Light wheat sandwich bread (Annie’s Eats)

Stand mixer pizza dough (A Couple Cooks)

DIY Greek yogurt (Annie’s Eats)

Ricotta cheese (Annie’s Eats)

Waffle cones or sugar cones (Annie’s Eats)

Sweet corn black raspberry ice cream (Annie’s Eats)

Salted butter caramel ice cream (Annie’s Eats)

Salted chocolate pistachio creamy vegan ice cream (A Couple Cooks)

Mocha almond fudge vegan ice cream (A Couple Cooks)


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Dec 7, 2015

In this episode: we talk with celebrity chef Graham Elliot about having fun in the kitchen and his approach to healthy living. Plus, how we went from hating to craving healthy foods, comforting casseroles, bird food, and lighting rounds.


Our recipe of the week: Roasted broccoli cheddar millet bake (A Couple Cooks)

Millet’s PR problem


Graham Elliott

Master Chef and Master Chef Junior

His cookbook, Cooking Like a Master Chef

Sonja’s salsa dancing skillz


What are your top 5 foods? A couple of ours:

Pizza margherita


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Nov 30, 2015

In this episode: we interview a real urban farmer (Amy Matthews) and brainstorm what to do with her seasonal eats. Plus, we share the story of how we got into cooking in the first place, an innovative pad thai variation, new comfort foods to get through the winter months, and our favorite podcasts.


Our recipe of the week: Spaghetti squash pad thai (A Couple Cooks)

Sonja’s recipe pick: Red curry lentils (Lindsay Ostrom of Pinch of Yum)
Alex’s recipe pick: Mushrooms and greens with toast (Tara O’Brady in Seven Spoons Cookbook via Smitten Kitchen)

Bonus: Dolsot bibimbap (I am Food Blog | Stephanie Le) or Vegetarian dolsot bibimbap (Emily Ho | The Kitchn)


Our tour with Amy at South Circle Farm

Recipes with Amy’s produce:

Fennel: Italian white bean soup (a favorite!)

Bok choy: Market vegetable fried rice

Parsnip: Roasted root vegetables

Rainbow carrots: Raw with Garlic and rosemary white bean dip or Greek yogurt ranch dip


We recreated the the homemade sushi dinner that started it all

Julia Child, the mother of all cooking shows (complete with old episodes)

Alton Brown’s Good Eats

Jamie Oliver

Who inspires you to cook (on TV or in real life)?


Our favorite podcasts - what podcasts do you love?

Amy's podcast recommendation: The Memory Palace.


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Nov 22, 2015

In this episode: we talk with rock star Mario Batali about the true rockstars: local farmers. And, our favorite Italian stew, cooking without a recipe, pickles, tiny houses, and bucket lists.


Our recipe of the week: Tomato artichoke lentil stew (A Couple Cooks)

Sonja’s recipe pick: Spicy peanut stew with butternut squash and chickpeas (Ashlae Warner of Oh Ladycakes)
Alex’s recipe pick: Roasted leeks with tangerine vinaigrette (Michael Anthony from V is for



Our honeymoon here, revisited: Rome + the Amalfi Coast

The Flavor Bible by Karen Page.


What’s in season near you? A seasonal food chart.

Sonja’s mom’s peach pie.


Mario Batali: his empire. His book, America: Farm to Table.

Find a farmer’s market near you.

Our refrigerator pickles. Mario’s pasta a la norma.


What’s on your bucket list?

-Sonja’s bucket list was fulfilled in Alaska. And also, here.

-Alex’s bucket list desire: a magical dinner.

Tiny houses.

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Nov 15, 2015

In this episode: Alex unveils a surprise signature cocktail on the air, and we share colorful, seasonal recipes for a Thanksgiving menu (or anytime). Plus salty listener questions answered, eating mindfully, and hygge.

Our recipes of the week:

Lentil and Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts

Roasted Cauliflower and Apples with Dill

Pumpkin Pie Mousse Shooters

Our Winter 2015 signature cocktail: pomegranate spice hygge cocktail.

What is hygge? Now you know. (We first heard about it here.)

Eating mindfully.

Delicata squash fries, with our favorite seasonal squash.

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Nov 9, 2015

In this episode: a big bowl that unites random refrigerator components, what we learned from Julia Child, and the best way to make cooking fun. Plus, we confess our biggest kitchen disaster and our favorite food memories (hint, Italia).


Our recipe of the week: Roasted nourish bowl (A Couple Cooks)

Sonja’s recipe pick: Ribollita (Tuscan white bean soup) (Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons)

Alex’s recipe pick: Spicy pita pockets with lentils and tahini sauce (Food and Wine)

Bonus: Ribollita from A Couple Cooks, recipe from Green Kitchen Travels cookbook by Green Kitchen Stories


Our tips on salt


The butternut squash soup we used for our on-air salt experiment


Cooking as a couple - how we do it, and why to cook with a friend, spouse, partner, etc.


The recipe behind our biggest kitchen disaster. Share with us your failure stories?


What is your favorite food memory? We’d love to hear.

Alex’s favorite food memory in Rome (search for the word “Campoleone”)

Sonja’s favorite food memory in Positano (search for the world “Peach”)


A Couple Cooks on Instagram

Nov 9, 2015

In this episode: chili with a magical secret ingredient and a life changing way to make vegetables. Plus, the joy of hosting a dinner party and an encouraging tip from an expert.


Our recipe of the week: Quinoa and black bean chili (A Couple Cooks)

Sonja’s recipe pick: Spaghetti squash burrito bowl (Kathryne Taylor of Cookie & Kate)
Alex’s recipe pick: French Green Beans with Shallots (Jacque Pepin via New York Times)


Roasting is our favorite way to prepare vegetables in the fall and winter. Some of our favorite recipes:

Spiced roasted cauliflower or roasted cauliflower

Roasted brussels sprouts with pecorino and pecans (pecorino and pecans optional)

Roasted fingerling and new potatoes with rosemary


How to Throw a Healthy Dinner Party from Anna Watson Carl of The Yellow Table


What should Sonja make with an 8-pound green cabbage? Sonja’s farmer’s market haul


Did you find the Easter egg?

A Couple Cooks on Instagram